Facebook’s boss wants to make internet access affordable for the two-thirds of the world’s population – five billion people – who do not have it.
Mark Zuckerberg has teamed up with Samsung, Qualcomm and other technology companies, including Ericsson, MediaTek and Nokia, to expand web access to emerging economies.
They plan to do that with things like lower-cost smartphones and by cutting network operators’ costs for providing data services.
Zuckerberg said he hopes the efficiency of data delivery will improve 100-fold in the next five to 10 years.
This follows similar moves by Google which has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on fledgling network projects such as local high-speed fibre networks. But it currently depends almost completely on traditional telecom companies to deliver its services to consumers.